The Polenta package is part of the standard distribution of GAP and
so normally there should be no need to install it separately.
If by any chance it is not part of your GAP distribution, then
the standard method is to unpack the package into the
directory of your GAP distribution. This will create a
For other non-standard options please see Chapter Installing a GAP Package of the GAP Reference Manual.
Note that the GAP-Packages Alnuth and Polycyclic are needed for this package. Normally they should be contained in your distribution. If not, they can be obtained at
Note that the GAP package Alnuth whose functionality is used by the Polenta package requires the installation of KANT respectively KASH, the shell of the computational algebraic number theory system KANT. KASH itself is not part of Alnuth. It has to be obtained and installed independently.
KASH is available at
www.math.tu-berlin.de/~kant/download.htmlNote that you have to download two files for a complete installation of KASH. To install version 2.4 of KASH on a Linux system you should do the following:
If the Polenta Package is not already loaded
then you have to request it explicitly.
This can be
LoadPackage command is described in Section LoadPackage
in the GAP Reference Manual.
Once the package is installed, it is possible to check the correct installation by running the test suite of the package.
gap> ReadPackage( "Polenta", "tst/testall.g" );For more details on Test Files see Section Test Files of the GAP Reference Manual.
If the test suite runs into an error, even though the packages
Alnuth and the computational algebraic number theory system KANT
have been correctly installed, then please send a message
BjoernAssmann@gmx.net including the error message.
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